Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church

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A New Order of Crusaders: Seriously!

As I write, two events are on the horizon for the religious here at Saint Benedict Center. The first is the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration (September 23-25), a three-day, sixty-five mile walking pilgrimage from Lake George, New York, to Auriesville, New York, where we will pray in the spot sanctified by the martyrdom of three of the eight holy Jesuits known collectively as the “North American … More →


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China: 5000 Attend Funeral for Bishop, Coadjutor Still in Custody

Catholic Culture: More than 5,000 people attended the funeral for Bishop Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou, China, while government officials continued to hold his coajdutor (sic) bishop, the AsiaNews service reports. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Allahu Akbar, ‘God is Greater’, Reads Mosque Script Across From Church of Nativity

Brother Francis told us that directly across from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is the mosque of Omar which posts a blasphemous challenge to the humility of God in the Incarnation. “God is Greater” the sign reads. Greater than what? Than who? Than to have a Son, they proclaim, either in eternity or in time. In 1972 there were five mosques in the … More →

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Underground Chinese Bishop Abducted by Communist Authorities

Chinese authorities have arrested a Catholic bishop and removed him from the diocese where he serves, apparently in order to prevent his installation as new leader of the diocese, the AsiaNews service has confirmed. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Desecrations by the Thousands by Moslems in Catholic Churches in Europe in Past Three Years

Rorate Caeli: There have also been recent cases (mainly reported in local newspapers but occasionally even in national newspapers) of Muslims going into churches, shouting, cursing and smashing sacred objects. However this alarm is not limited only to Italy.  Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Society is becoming more liberal. Do you think the Church needs to adapt and move with the times?

From an interview with Malta’s Archbishop Charles Scicluna: Society is becoming more liberal. Do you think the Church needs to adapt and move with the times? Absolutely. The Church always needs to adapt to circumstances. There is a core message, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church will be faithful to that core message if it adapts to circumstances and even adapts its … More →


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Coming Persecution: May the English Martyrs Be Our Inspiration

National Catholic Register, Stephanie Mann: Monsignor Charles Pope warned recently: It is time to prepare for persecutions that will get bolder by the month and year. The dark movements that marched in under the banners of tolerance never meant it. And having increasingly gained power, they are seeking to criminalize anyone who resists their vision. No tolerance for us. Religious liberty is eroding, and compulsory … More →


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Cardinal Cañizares: ‘They Will Not Force Me to Be Silent . . . Even If They Crucify Me’

Maike Hickson, 1Peter5: In the midst of so many discouraging and troubling pieces of news, it is always important to point out manifestations of virtue and of the good that still abides. One of the great defenders of Catholic Truth right now is Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, the Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, about whom we had presented a report earlier this year. On May 13 2016, … More →

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Dropped Down the Memory Hole

Affirmation today of the dogma that outside the Church there is no salvation (extra ecclesiam nulla salus) is usually immediately qualified with “but…” The qualification is meant as a sign by whoever affirms the teaching that he does not really fall within the parameters set by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, eighteenth-century godfather of liberalism, in his most important book, The Social Contract: “Whoever dares to say outside … More →


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Mexico’s President Pushing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’, ‘Stabs [Church] in the Back’

LifeSiteNews: The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused … More →

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From Indifferentism to Apostasy

Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some … More →


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Carl Anderson to Pro-Abortion Catholic Pols: Resign from Office! (BUT Stay in The Knights of Columbus)

In an article in The Hill, Carl Anderson, the leader of America’s largest Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, has called upon Catholic elected officials who support legal abortion—despite their personal views—to resign from public office. Anderson urged them to embrace what he described as “the John F. Kennedy option,” invoking the words of JFK in his September, 1960 speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. … More →


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Interview With Underground Bishop on Vatican Dialogue With Beijing

Vatican Insider, Gianni Valenti: A “Chinese Bishops’ Conference in communion with the Pope” is “what we hope to see and that for which we have been praying for a long time”: the viewpoint of Joseph Wei Jingyi, the “clandestine” Catholic bishop in Qiqihar, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. Wei is a known member of the so-called “clandestine” Chinese Church: an unfortunate and misleading term used … More →

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There Never Was a Time for Cozy Catholicism, Especially Not Now

National Catholic Register, Msgr. Charles Pope: There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom. It is long past dark in our culture, … More →


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Pro-Kasperite Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

1Peter5, Maike Hickson: Vatican expert Dr. Sandro Magister revealed yesterday – a day before the announcement was officially made – the troubling news that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as well as of the Pontifical  John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Paglia is already the head of the Pontifical Council for … More →

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